A Student of History

October 30, 2007

Campus Equity Week

Filed under: The Academy — John Maass @ 6:59 am

According to the American Association of Univ. Professors, “48 percent of American faculty serve in part-time appointments, and non-tenure-track positions of all types account for 68 percent of faculty appointments. Year after year, the problem gets worse as more and more faculty jobs are part time or non-tenure track. Faculty holding these appointments are often poorly compensatedreceiving low wages and few, if any, fringe benefits. Without job security and academic freedom protections, they are subject to administrative whim. Students suffer when the majority of faculty are inadequately supported by their institutions.”

This week, they recognize “Campus Equity Week,” hosting events for contingent faculty, screening documentaries about adjunct faculty working conditions, conducting petition drives and surveys, and holding hearings at which community leaders will hear testimony from faculty and students about the impact of the increase in contingent faculty appointments.  

Why?  “No matter how qualified and caring, overworked faculty hired and paid only for classroom duties are simply not available to help develop curriculum, mentor students, or write letters of recommendation. Students do not receive the education they deserve when they are taught largely by faculty who must rush from campus to campus to make a living, or who are afraid to hold open classroom discussions or grade fairly.”

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